Mercury research, sunshine and politics at SETAC in Florida

by Kristie, David

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry World conference in Orlando Florida (Nov 6-10) was well represented by current Acadia students and alumni from Dr. O’Driscoll’s mercury research lab this year. Sara Klapstein presented her PhD work on methylmercury photoreactions in Kejimkujik Park, while Arthur Irving Scholar Jocelyn Kickbush presented her MSc work on mercury speciation in a Brier Island wetland influenced by bird guano.


Honours Biology student Cardy Saunders also presented his research on lichens as passive samplers of mercury in Nova Scotia. Other lab alumni presenting at the conference were Dr. Tom Sizmur and Dr. Erin Mann presenting their mercury work performed at Acadia. The mercury sessions co-chaired by Drs. O’Driscoll, Cai and Sizmur had many world-experts presenting their recent findings. A special issue of the journal Environmental Sciences is being organized by Dr. O’Driscoll and co-chairs based on this session (tentative publication date Spring 2017).  Other highlights of the conference included the Rachel Carson award which was presented to Dr. Schindler for his lifetime of work on whole-ecosystem research in the experimental lakes area (ELA).  The students made great connections and enjoyed the weather in sunny Florida and the spectacle of the presidential election. Earlier in the year Sarah Klapstein and Jocelyn Kickbush also presented their work at SETAC Europe .

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